The Engadin features many mountain bike excursions where the focus is not strictly on performance but on playful adventures and refreshing stops in between rides. This means the bike paradise in the sunny high valley is also ideal for family adventures and leisure rides.
The Engadin derives its name from the Inn River, which rises as a small stream at Piz Lunghin, flows into the Danube, and finally goes into the Black Sea. The Inn Cycle Path follows the course of the river from Maloja to Martina, where the Engadin borders Austria. On the section in Switzerland, a total of 115 kilometers are cycled, of which 60 kilometers are asphalt and 55 kilometers are natural surface. Individual sections are also suitable as a day trip, for example, from Sils along Lake Silvaplana to Silvaplana and on to Lake Staz.
Leisurely or "pachific," as we say in the Engadin, is a bike excursion to the Lej da Staz (Stazersee in German.) The alpine lake can be reached in a few minutes by car from Pontresina, Celerina, and St. Moritz and is popular with water lovers and barbecue fans. The dark color of the moor lake helps the water warm up to 20 degrees due to the sun's rays, which is why children enjoy the fine sandy beach. A jump into the cool water and a cappuccino in the restaurant Lej da Staz make for a perfect day.
If the excursion to Lake Staz is too short for you, it is best to combine your biking day with a trip to the enchanting Val Roseg. This side valley is one of the most beautiful in the Engadin, and it is easily accessible by bike on a wide natural road. On the sun terrace of the Hotel Roseg Gletscher, you can not only enjoy the impressive glacier panorama of the Bernina massif but also an extensive gourmet buffet with a large selection of homemade cakes and other sweet delicacies.
“Pump” instead of pedal! If you have never seen a pump track, picture a large playground with humps, dips and banked curves. You create momentum with up-and-down body movements, known as pumping, to glide through the course without having to pedal. It’s fun, and the venue offers ideal practice terrain for the whole family. The Cuntschett pump track, located by Pontresina railway station, offers various route options and is popular with skateboarders, too. You can hire bikes and protective clothing opposite at the bike centre (“Schweizer Langlauf- und Bikezentrum”) or above the road junction at the Bernina Sport shop.